The works of Stravinsky being performed at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Musica.

Don’t Miss Cartagena’s Wonderful Winter Festivals

Picture this: mojitos, classical music, Caribbean breezes, and stimulating conversation. This intersection of intellectual and sensual experience is at the center of Cartagena’s two winter cultural festivals: the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música and the Hay Festival Cartagena.

Dancers in colorful dresses at the Feria de Cali.

The Feria de Cali: An Extravaganza for Everyone

The Feria de Cali (December 25-31) is an end of year homecoming festival for Caleños, or Cali natives, the world over, and it has everything a Colombian party should: parades, concerts, and plenty of dancing. While for Caleños the Feria might be about reuniting with family and old friends, for visitors, this is the best time to get to know Cali. The Feria takes over every barrio of this sizzling city of sugarcane and salsa, from the Bohemian San Antonio to chic Granada to the Parque la Loma de la Cruz, and ushers out the year in style.